Heal Zimbabwe through its Trained Human Rights Monitors deployed in all the 210 constituencies continues to monitor the post electoral environment. The political environment has been generally peaceful although in some areas, there is an escalation of human rights violations.
What is commendable is that citizens from across the political divide have taken heed of the call to be peaceful even after election. In some political hotspots that include Mutoko, Murehwa, Maramba Pfungwe and Zvimba the environment is generally peaceful with no incidences of violence or intimidation recorded so far.
However in some areas, post election intimidation is on the rise as citizens are being threatened with evictions or violence.
Below is an update of the Post Electoral environment
Bikita ward 25
ZANU PF members Joseph Muchara, Charles Noruwana, Simon Bvekwa, Panganai Madondo, Mark Chamunorwa and Sinkson Murahwi on 3 August 2018 threatened people with violence at Muvava Business centre. The six also revealed that they were going to assault people who voted for the MDC Alliance.
Muzarabani ward 20
Village head Jengamvura on 3 August 2018 threatened community members who allowed their children to be deployed as MDC Alliance polling agents with eviction. The Village head went on to highlight that he does not allow people in his village to support opposition parties.
Norton ward 1
On 3 August 2017, armed soldiers were seen moving around the ward. An unidentified soldier stormed Kudzanai bar and threatened people in the bar with violence if they failed to accept the election results. At around 3am, gunshots were fired around the Katanga and GMB area.
Mudzi ward 1
On 3 August 2018, ZANU PF member Smart Kamwaza moved around the ward intimidating community members with violence. Kamwaza highlighted that community members who voted for the MDC Alliance were going to be assaulted and further revealed that people who voted for MDC Alliance Presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa were supposed to prepare for death. The matter was reported at Nyamapanda police station under RRB3517758. Kamwaza is yet to be arrested.
Buhera ward 33
Unidentified ZANU PF youths on 3 August 2018, stormed the house of MDC Alliance Branch chairperson, Freddy Nhokwara and started chanting derogatory slogans. The youths further threatened Nhokwara with violence if he continued to support MDC Alliance. The case was reported at Birchenough bridge police station and no arrests have been made to date.
Zvimba ward 32
On 3 August 2018, ZANU PF members Raphael Chikwavarara, Simon Uchirai and Prosper Manomano moved around the ward threatening people with violence. The three highlighted that they were going to search for people who voted for MDC Alliance and assault them.
Zvimba ward 32
ZANU PF member Chiweshe Matemera on 3 August 2018 moved around the ward threatening to burn houses for people who voted for the MDC Alliance. Matemera further revealed that he has also compiled a list of known opposition party supporters and was going to submit the list to soldiers.
Muzarabani ward 21
On 1 August 2018, Chief Chiweshe ordered Village Heads in Muzarabani South to evict people suspected to have voted for MDC Alliance candidates.
Budiriro 4 ward 43
MDC Alliance Youth secretary for Home Affairs, Archford Chiwi on 3 August 2018, was threatened with abduction by unidentified men who came to his house. The men warned him to stop supporting the MDC Alliance or risk “disappearing”.
Maramba Pfungwe ward 7
On 3 August 2018, Village head Kadange convened a meeting at his homestead and highlighted that community members who did not vote on 30 July 2018, were going to be struck off the food aid beneficiaries list. The Village head further warned that he was aware of people who had voted for the MDC Alliance and highlighted that he was going to evict such people from his village.
Mutasa ward 21
ZANU PF member Wabu Kassim on 3 August 2018 moved around the ward threatening community members with violence. Kassim highlighted that community members who voted for MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa were going to be heavily assaulted and have their names submitted to soldiers.
Heal Zimbabwe continues to call on political parties to shun violence and remain guided by the Peace pledge that they signed as commitment to uphold peace before, during and after elections. The Peace pledge that was facilitated by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) seeks to promote inclusive prevention of violence and conflicts as a strategy for promoting lasting peace. Heal Zimbabwe through its national peace campaign dubbed, 13 Million Voices for Peace will continue to campaign rigorously for peace and tolerance.
Source: Heal Zimbabwe